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26 Apr
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What Do I Need to Start Kegging Home Brewed Beer?

After brewing for many years and becoming sick of bottling 50+ beers everytime I brewed a 5 gallon batch of beer, I was ready for an easier and better way to carbonate my homebrew! Not to mention waiting that extra couple of weeks for the beer to carbonate in the bottles.  That’s another 2+ weeks of time waiting for your beer to become ready to drink, when you could already be drinking it the day after it is done fermenting!

So I decided to try kegging my homebrew. I was a little intimidated at first with all the new equipment, but after seeing the simplicity of it, and how much easier it is than bottling I will never go back to bottling!

What you need to start kegging your home brewed beer:

  1. 5 Gallon Cornelius Keg (Ball or Pin Lock)
  2. CO2 Tank
  3. Dual Gauge Pressure Regulator
  4. Gas Line and attached Disconnect
  5. Beer line assembly with party tap and disconnect

I know if you have never done this, you are thinking “I don’t even know what those things are that I need.”  But not to fear, there are plenty of homebrew keg kits out there, that come fully assembled and with EVERYTHING you need to start kegging your homebrew!

What to do:

  1. Remove your keg lid, rinse out and fill with sanitized solution.
  2. Place lid back on keg and attach your gas-in line and pressurize to 5-10psi just for 5-10 seconds to get some pressure in the keg.
  3. Attach your beer-out line and open the tap to allow for sanitizer to flow out. Once sanitizer has run through your keg lines for a minute or so, open the keg and empty any additional sanitizer. Remove your beer line now also.
  4. Transfer your homebrew into the keg, attach the lid, and add some CO2 to ensure good seal with the lid. (Note: Before transferring your beer to the keg, make sure your beer has is cold.  CO2 will take to cold liquids better than warm ones. I do this by placing my fermenter in the fridge the night before I keg the beer).
  5. Lay keg on its side, crank your CO2 up to about 15-25psi and roll/shake keg back and forth for 5-6 minutes or until you hear your keg stop “gurgling”.
  6. Stand keg upright and place keg in your refrigerator, leave gas line attached and open at 15-25 psi for 24 hours.
  7. After about 24 hours, release some pressure and set the PSI to about 6-10psi.
  8. Re-attach black beer line assembly, grab a glass and enjoy yourself a nice homebrew!

That’s all there is to it!  You will have carbonated beer within 24 hours of kegging it, not weeks!

This is by no means the only way to keg your home brewed beer, but it is the fastest!  So if you are impatient like I am, and want to taste your beer as soon as possible, this is the way to go!  Take it from me, once you start kegging and see how easy and great it is, you will never want to bottle your home brewed beer again!


13 Apr
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Keg Outlet – Home Kegging Kits and Commercial Kegging Supplies

A new keg website was just launched and is one of the best out there!  It is called Keg Outlet, a sister company of Brew PS (Home Brewing Supplies).

The online keg supply store specializes in home kegging kits and home kegging equipment for both commercial kegs and hombrew kegs.  This store has got everything you are looking for, whether you need a whole keg set-up to start kegging your home brewed beer at home (Cornelius keg, Co2 tank, Regulator, Beer and Co2 Hoses, Draft Beer Faucet, etc.) or you just need a cool new commercial keg tap for your next party!  Or maybe you are just looking for replacement parts for your existing keg system, whatever it may be, chances are they have got it!

They have cool party taps that feature pump handles, hand pumps, foot pumps, and even 2 and 3 way dispensing party taps!  Don’t throw another party where you have a line waiting at the keg because you only have one tap.  Get a new Party Tap with multiple faucets so you can have a few people filling their beers at the same time!

Plus, as a bonus to their already great prices, Keg Outlet is celebrating the launch of their new site by offering you 5% OFF your entire order!  This coupon is good through all of 2012!  Just type in this coupon code when you are going through the checkout – 5OFFKEG12

If you are a home brewer who still bottles beer, its time to make the switch!
“Stop Bottling, Start Kegging!”

15 Sep
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Home Brewing: How to Get the Rubber Stopper Out of a Glasss Carboy

A few weeks back I had transferred my beer from the primary fermenter into the secondary fermenter Glass Carboy.

After all the beer was transferred to bottles and ready for the stopper and airlock, I proceeded to put it in place.  The stopper, and the glass carboy were both wet, so when I applied a little pressure to the stopper to fit onto the carboy, it shot right through the opening and into the beer.

I didn’t have a choice but to tape up the top of the carboy with the airlock in place.  It worked well though!

Once it came time to get the stopper out, I was a little nervous to how I was going to do it, but it turned out to be pretty easy to get a rubber stopper out of a glass carboy.

How to get a Rubber Stopper out of a Glass Carboy
Once you are done transferring all your beer from the glass carboy into bottles, rinse out the inside of the carboy.  Easy to do outside with a hose.

Once the carboy is all rinsed out, just grab a pair of needle nose pliers. Hold the glass carboy upside down so that the rubber stopper will come as close to the opening as possible. You may have to juggle it up and down a little to get it into the right position to grab.

Get the rubber stopper so that the hole in the center is facing down, towards the opening of the carboy.  Stick your pliers into the carboy and have on of the ends of the needle nose pliers go through the hole in the rubber stopper, and have the other go on the outside of the stopper.  Squeeze tight and yank it out.

It should slip right out, but make sure the glass and the rubber stopper are both wet.  If its dry, you will have some trouble getting that thing out.

Good luck… and don’t feel dumb, it happens to the best of us when learning how to brew at home!

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